Schwiebert Park | July 10, 2021 | Noon-Midnight

6th Annual Dawn And On Music Festival

We would like to cordially invite you to the 6th Annual Dawn And On Music Festival, our annual celebration of music, family and fun. For 2021, we are beyond thrilled to once again host the festival at beautiful Schwiebert Park in Rock Island, IL. This will be a socially distant event with the sem incredible music and festival vibe you’ve come to know and love.

Founded in 2015, Dawn and On is a family-friendly, homegrown music festival featuring the area’s best local and regional talent. From rock to jam to reggae to bluegrass, you’ll find all of our bands highly danceable and indescribably fun. Our goal is to bring all the magic of the multi-day music festival and condense into one highly affordable day right in your own backyard. In addition to the live music, DAO brings in some of the area’s most talented arts and craft vendors, a variety of delicious food and snacks, premium craft beer and a few surprises along the way. So grab your lawn chairs, hula hoops and fanny packs and experience the DAO experience for yourself. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did. See you on the River!



Schwiebert Park, 101 17th St, Rock Island, IL 61201



Gates open at 11AM. Music runs continuously from noon-midnight.


Late Night 

An After-Party will be held at the Rock Island Brewing Company at 1815 2nd Ave in Rock Island. Artist announcements will be coming very soon. 


$10 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets will also be available at select pre-sale locations to be announced in the near future.


A portion of every ticket sold will be donated to a charity to be announced.





There will be a variety of hot and cold food options available for purchase on site.


A wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase including a wide selection of draft beer from Bent River Brewing Company.




The Dawn

For over 12 years, the Western Illinois based roots rock/jam band “The Dawn” has been spreading their love of cutting edge improvisational rock throughout the Midwest. From their humble beginnings in the shadow of the Mississippi River, they have crafted out their place as one of the premier up and coming jam bands.

The Dawn’s live show experience has proven contagious and is tightly gripped in spacious jams, roaring guitar and soulful harmonies. Now a six-piece, The Dawn pushes the envelope at every performance and audiences are rewarded with an experience that can only be described as “The Dawn Effect.” Coupled with an equally adventurous light show, The Dawn concerts keep their dedicated and growing fanbase coming back for more.

Staples of the Quad Cities’ jam scene for years, The Dawn’s 2014 release Waiting On The Storm was received with excellent reviews and helped catapult the band to major festival experiences including the inaugural Phases of the Moon, Summer Camp and Camp Euforia. Their 2017 release Wooly was their first release on the Cartouche Records label and further showcased the band’s songwriting abilities and diversity.

This momentum has continued to build over the last few years with more major festival appearances including playing host to their own “Dawn and On” Music Festival, debuting in 2015 and consistently drawing over 1500 fans the last four years. Combined with high profile club gigs, the Dawn is turning many heads in the jam scene.


From the Heart of the Midwest, Steady Flow brings a unique style of powerful funk music like you’ve never heard it before. Formed in 2012 by 18 year old, soul guitarist extraordinaire, Tanner Brown, and his older brother, Ky “Goonie-Mom” Brown on bass guitar, the group has now transformed into a six-piece funk-powerhouse, quickly claiming their spot as one of the best live acts around. In Steady Flow’s short existence, the group has taken on music festivals such as North Coast, Summer Camp, Phases of the Moon, and the list goes on. The band is constantly turning heads at every performance as their hard hitting Funk Rock compositions shake the room and force all audiences to dance, rage, & simply feel good. Steady Flow released their first EP, “The Oneoff Sessions” in 2013, and their debut album, “Loud.” in June 2015. The band released their newest full length album, “Do You Like That?” in April 2017! Do not miss a live show near you. Steady Flow is “The Future Of Funk.”


Jon Stickley Trio is a genre-defying and cinematic instrumental trio, who’s deep grooves, innovative flatpicking, and sultry-spacy violin moves the listener’s head, heart, and feet. “It’s not your father’s acoustic-guitar music—Instead, Stickley’s Martin churns out a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, metal, prog, grunge, and assorted other genres—all thoroughly integrated into a personal style,” writes Guitar Player Magazine.

Premier Guitar says, “Stickley’s trio… is not a traditional bluegrass group by any means… they are just nimble and ambitious enough to navigate EDM-style breakbeats as effortlessly as the old timey standard ‘Blackberry Blossom.’” “Stickley is a super-resourceful acoustic guitarist who uses the instrument in many surprising ways and whose timing is just flawless. Fiddler Lyndsay Pruett puts deep thought into her flowing solos, plus she adds little flourishes and sudden stops that elevate the music,” proclaims Nashville’s Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst. Jon Stickley Trio announces a change in lineup beginning in January 2018 with new drummer, Hunter Deacon, who is both classically trained and boasts heavy jazz influences. Hailing from the ever-hip Knoxville, Tennessee, Hunter studied with drummer Keith Brown and received a BM in Studio Music and Jazz from the University of Tennessee. Deacon then went on to complete a six month residency at a jazz club in Hangzhou, China where he performed seven nights a week. Since his return, he’s played with Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, toured the country with Sam Lewis, and performs with guitarist Mike Baggetta.

Stickley says about the seemingly sudden lineup change “we’re really excited to add Hunter’s vibe to the mix, his creativity and willingness to experiment were two things that drew us to him, and Lyndsay and I were quickly surprised and inspired by what he’ll bring to the table.”

With inspiration ranging from from Green Day to Duran Duran to Tony Rice to Nirvana, Grateful Dead, David Grisman and beyond, the Trio is making waves with their unique sound. Along with releasing two full length albums and one EP in the past few years, the Trio has zig-zagged the nation, playing over 120 dates in 2017 alone. They are road tested and band geek approved!

Dave King (of The Bad Plus) joined forces with Jon Stickley Trio to produce 2017’s Maybe Believe and 2015’s Lost At Last (which The New York Times called “both respectful and free”) in the band’s hometown of Asheville, NC at the esteemed Echo Mountain Recording Studio. The Trio slipped a self-produced 5-track EP, Triangular, into the mix in December of 2016.

“In a time when a lot of instrumental music feels more like math than art, Jon Stickley Trio reminds us of the pure joy that can be created and shared through music,” says Greensky Bluegrass’ Anders Beck.


Sun Beard is a rootsy and rockin collection of Chicago artists from bands we all know and love in the local and regional club and festival scene. With a focus on songwriting influenced by the likes of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Wilco and more, the songs set the scene for pedal to the floor guitar solos and extended grooves.

Matt Robinson – Old Shoe
Janis Wallin – Family Groove Company
Scott Tipping – Scott Tipping Trio, Cornmeal, Backyard Tire Fire
Jonathan Reed – Old Shoe


Lyrically driven, Chicago Farmer delves into the social and political issues of today’s world, taking it all in and putting it back out through music as a commentary on modern times in the Midwest. With his unfeigned and relatable approach, Chicago Farmer has earned a place in the heart of this generation’s rise of protest songs. He composes music written and sung by and for the working man, the “regular person”, bringing to mind modern day folk tales.


The Golden Fleece is comprised of four psychedelic wizards from Peoria, IL, who use their sorcery to cast a spell on your body, trip out your eyes, and take over your mind. Their hypnotic vocals amidst soaring guitar melodies and a driving rhythm section offers powerful fuzzed-out breakdowns aside tender moments of introspection.

The Golden Fleece started as a bedroom-based recording project of Ryan Simpson in 2012, where he began crafting songs inspired heavily by the psych movement of the late 60’s, as well as modern folk and indie. The songs were kept as an at home project until 2015, when percussionist Max Kamm and bassist Zach Jackson joined the group and began performing them live. 2016 saw the release of their self-titled debut album, and in turn the addition of live performer turned permanent member, Jacob Hagaman on guitar.

Their swirling psychedelia is brought even more to life during their live shows. The Golden Fleece have developed a loyal fan base by playing in rooms ranging from packed DIY spaces to 350+ capacity venues. Their high-energy live shows have landed them on bills with Chicano Batman, Dead Meadow, Holy Wave, The Dig, and The Forecast, as well as multiple midwest festivals.
Over the last year, The Golden Fleece recorded and released their EP “Kill the Time,” toured in support of the new release, and came in at session #6 on the “Best of Psych Rock 2017” list on Daytrotter. The second half of 2018 will be spent writing and recording a second full-length album (due out spring 2019) and touring in the fall.


ÉSSO is the brainchild of Chicago born songwriter and producer Armando Pérez. He curated an inner city big band of rotating members which definitively unsealed an agile sound propelling them to perform for mutli-cultural concerts and festivals alongside Grammy winning artists.

The group made a splash by invoking polystylistic enthusiasm from the uncompromising urban streets that birthed House music, as well as undeniably potent movements in hiphop, punk rock, and free jazz. Drawing on these raw influences, the Chicago based band effortlessly merge Chicano and Boricua roots music with Cuban son into a rhythmic sancocho filling dance floors and providing ample evidence of Chicago’s presence as a hotbed of diverse new music in the States.
Their bilingual lyrics bring gusto to the socio-political conversation while adding context to inspired musical compositions and alluring beats. Swirling guitar, brass horns, spoken word and group singing add to their tropical funk outfit with a fearless focused spirit intact. ÉSSO’s foundational versatility has taken the band on tours across the US and into Mexico behind their critically acclaimed releases of original independent music online and on vinyl. This is the soundtrack of rebel streets remixed for the future by its outspoken immigrant youth.

ÉSSO has performed for notable music festivals including: Redbull Music Xicago Festival, Ruido Fest, Chicago World Music Festival, Taste of Chicago, Clark Street Festival, South By Southwest (SXSW), Festival Cultural de Zacatecas (MX), Do Division, Pilsen Fest, Michelada Fest, Villapalooza and many more street celebrations across the US.
They’ve shared the stage with: Cafe Tacvba, Natalia Lafourcade, Bomba Estereo, Ozomatli, Los Amigos Invisibles, Kinky, Princess Nokia, as well as Songhoy Blues, La Santa Cecilia, Sonido Gallo Negro, Los Rakas, Chicha Libre, Saul Williams, Jeremy Sole, Jenny & the Mexicats, Gaby Moreno, Alice Russel, Euforquestra, Boogat and more.

Live band members include: Armando Pérez (guitar/vocal), Kevin Miller (saxophone), Dan Lieber (drums/percussion), Ezra Lange (bass), Diana Mosquera (vocals), Jess Anzaldúa (percussion), Luis Tubens (vocals), Matthew Davis (trombone) and special guests.


Rude Punch is an Alternative/Reggae band from Davenport,IA. Combining Reggae,Rock,Punk and Pop to create original, positive, high energy music. The band is made up of members Brady Jager (Lead Vocals,Guitar), Adam Tucker (Drums), Jack Hill (Bass), and Murray Lee Rice(Keyboards).

Formed in 2007 by Brady Jager, Adam Tucker, and Robb Laake, the trio formed their own sound based in the reggae/rock genre. Heavily influenced by bands such as Sublime and 311, early pioneers of mixing reggae with punk,hip-hop,funk and rock.

The band released their debut album “Rude Punch” in 2007. Spreading the new sound across their home Midwest region, Rude Punch were the lone ambassadors for their style. Sharing the stage with industry leaders such as Slightly Stoopid, Pepper and Sublime with Rome, Rude Punch saw their popularity continue to grow with the genre.

With the release of “Killin’ It” (2009) and “Lovers Rock” (2015), the band continues to spread the love and positivity of their music throughout the region and U.S.

With the addition of bass player Jack Hill in 2015 and Murray Lee Rice in 2018 Rude Punch enhanced their sound even more. The four piece lineup has proven to be the best fit for the band, expanding their influences and building their following in the reggae/rock genre.


Dead and Gone is a Grateful Dead Tribute based out of the Quad Cities. The band was founded in 2001 (Formerly Dusty Liquor Box) and since then with various incarnations has graced the ears of thousands with music of the Grateful Dead as well as other artists. We are 90% Dead. In 2019, we added a new bass player and underwent a rebranding effort. We changed our name to Dead and Gone. The music will never stop even after we’re all dead and gone.

Ben Gordon (Lead Guitar, Vocals)
Willie Pfaff (Rhythm Guitar)
Nate Oney (Bass)
Ziffle Malmstrom (Drums)
Pete McKenzie (Drums, Vocals)

Still Shine (Late Night)

Formed in the summer of 2014, Still Shine is a group of like-minded, seasoned musicians blending acoustic roots and progressive bluegrass. Mixing mandolin, harmonica, banjo, acoustic guitar, upright bass, and tight harmonies they quickly gained a following around Central Illinois area and the local Midwest. They have shared the stage with artists such as Billy Strings, Railroad Earth, The Leadfoot Band, Cornmeal, Split Lip Rayfield, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Kitchen Dwellers, Larry Keel, Chicago Farmer, Old Shoe and the Way Down Wanderers just to name a few. Along with some well received original music, the band performs an upbeat, energetic show you won’t want to miss!


Rob Bailey – Guitar/ Vocals

Andy Passie – Harmonica/ Vocals

Dave Frye – Upright bass/ Vocals

Wes Duffy – Mandolin/ Tenor Banjo/Percussion/Vocals.

Steve Hatfield – Banjo

The Tripp Brothers (Late Night)

Jimmy & Sean Tripp, are two Midwestern horn players that live the funk. Forging the sounds of saxophone & trombone, fused with heavy bass music, their tones reverberate shockwaves throughout the crowd. Their ability to keep the groove makes dancing inevitable. Illuminating your soul with exploding horn hits, funky solos, and wicked scratching rarely seen in today’s live performances, makes these two a must see act!


Dawn and On would like to thanks the following sponsors without whom this event would not be possible.

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